Legitimate research interests can create competing responsibilities and lead to what is commonly called conflicts of interest. Special steps are needed to ensure that perceived or actual tensions between personal interest and adherence to the fundamental values of honesty, accuracy, efficiency and impartiality do not occur. Conflicts of interest are particularly crucial in three key areas: financial gain, work commitments, and intellectual and personal matters.
Grand Valley State University
Department of Health and Human Services
National Science Foundation Conflict of Interest Policies
International Committee of Medical Journal Editors Conflict of Interest Statement
National Academy Press Responsible Research: A Systems Approach to Protecting Research Participants
Association of American Universities Managing Financial Conflicts of Interest
American Council on Education Working Paper on Conflict of Interest